Why can’t Nova Scotians be told what Crown land is slated to be cut and precisely when? 3Mar2019

From DNR › Crown Land › Crown Land in Nova Scotia:

Crown lands are all or any part of the land under the administration and control of the Minister of Natural Resources. Of the 5.3 million hectares of land in Nova Scotia, about 1.53 million hectares (3.8 million acres or about 29% of the province) is designated as Crown land.

The Province owns other land across Nova Scotia, including wilderness areas, protected areas, highways, roads, and provincial buildings. These parcels and structures are managed and administered by other departments and are not considered Crown land.

Crown land is owned by the Province and managed by the Department of Natural Resources on behalf of the citizens of Nova Scotia. It is a collective asset which belongs to all of us. Nova Scotians are welcome to enter onto Crown land and to explore its natural beauty. Hunting and fishing are permitted on Crown land, in season and with a license. Many trails have been built on Crown lands, for the use and enjoyment of Nova Scotians. Trail uses may vary depending on the region and those using the trails should follow directions on signs posted in the area.

The right to use and explore Crown land comes with an obligation to leave nature in its natural state. Trees and underbrush must not be cut from Crown lands without a license. Plants may not be dug up and removed. Wildlife must not be disturbed.

Many acres of Crown lands are licensed for a variety of economic purposes to help build and maintain the prosperity of the Province. These purposes range from licenses and leases for cranberry bogs, forestry operations, mines, peat bogs, power lines, wind energy, to broadband towers and tidal energy. The Crown land is a finite asset which we strive to use effectively for the good of all Nova Scotians. Public activities on Crown land should not interfere with the rights of those who have entered into leases or licenses with the Province.

Given the bolded statements above, why is it that it is next to impossible (if not impossible) for a citizen to find out what Crown land is slated to be cut sometime in the next few years, and precisely when?

Surely all NS citizens are entitled to that information; surely we need that information to enjoy these lands as described, and so as not to “interfere with the rights of those who have entered into leases or licenses with the Province”.


View also Recent changes (Jan 30 & Feb 20, 2019) in Harvest Plan Map Viewer increase concerns about clearcutting in Nova Scotia
Post Feb 24, 2019. It includes comments on removal of harvest information from the Harvest Plan Map Viewer

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